Best Shows For The Holiday Season

November 6, 2010 12:35 PM

(credit: The Children’s Theatre Company)

When it comes to holiday cheer, there’s no place quite like the music and merriment of seeing a festive show. Thankfully, in Minnesota, we’re given a wide array of options to stay warm inside a cozy theater, listening to the holiday music that’s a yearly must.

This year is no exception. Check out a list of the best holiday shows coming to Minnesota stages this wintery season.


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The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller

Dec. 3 to 4
Orpheum Theatre
Tickets: $43 to $63

The Mannheim Steamroller almost goes hand-in-hand with holiday preparations. You get your decorations up, wrap some presents and listen to the holiday music of Mannheim Steamroller. This multi-media show never fails to delight audiences through the lights, sounds and sights of holiday cheer.

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A Christmas Carol

Nov. 19 to Dec. 30
Guthrie Theater-Wurtele Thrust Stage
Tickets: $29 to $69

Don’t be a Scrooge this holiday season — instead spend a night watching one on stage. The uber-famous and treasured story, “A Christmas Carol” is a tradition that cannot be missed. Taking notes from the brilliant Dickens’ ghost story, this Guthrie production adds its own spin, bringing a new adaptation for a new generation of audiences.

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A Christmas Story

Nov. 16 to Dec. 31
Children’s Theatre
Tickets: $20 to $44

It’s everyone’s favorite holiday movie reenacted on stage. The lovable tale of Ralphie and his neurotic family comes to life as performed by the stars of Children’s Theatre. Watch as your favorite scenes are performed on stage — with plenty of laughs, drama and that oh-so-tacky lamp.

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The Classic Nutcracker

Dec. 17 to 19
O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Tickets: $29 to $42

The classic story comes to life through the movements of brilliant dancers on stage. The beautiful story of a young girl and her Christmas treasure takes a vibrant, entertaining and dramatic twist on the center stage, while delighting families with gorgeous costumes and classic choreography from Andew Rist.

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A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol

Nov. 26 to Jan. 2
Sun Country Theatre At Hennepin Stages
Tickets: $23 to $26

If you’re feeling a bit Scroogish this holiday season, you will definitely want to check out the spoof of Charles Dickens’  classic “A Christmas Carol,” playing at the Sun Country Theatre. This locally set play takes folks to Bunyan Bay, Minnesota where a bar owner decides to skip Christmas, stomps out of the bar and falls through the ice — only to be visited by a few  friends while in dreamland.

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The Santaland Diaries

Nov. 26 to Dec. 31
State Theatre at Hennepin Stages
Tickets: $15 to $25

The stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ memories working as a Christmas elf are told in this hilarious Christmas tale. Actor Joe Leary takes the audience to Santaland at Macy’s, a place where Christmas cheer isn’t always so plentiful and odd encounters are the norm.

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The Blenders: In Concert – 20th Anniversary Tour

Pantages Theater
Dec. 3 to 5
Tickets: $37

The beloved local accapella group, The Blenders, are back for the holiday season. Singing everyone’s favorite music, with a few signature songs, this group has become a favorite show for many local residents.

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